Thursday, July 26, 2012

Tiny Cabin Inspiration, and Update.

Dear Bloglandia,
I want you to know I haven't forgotten you! My shop has been blowing up. It IS wedding season, also happens to be the best time for me to be outdoors! It is tough to sacrifice my oh so rare sunshine. Me and my Deer ; ) have been going for run/walks and going to the farmers market near our house every Thursday. Wednesday is usually our day of running around, and every other day of the week I am working on prints after work, and going to the post office. The extra money in the wallet is something worth smiling about by itself! The idea of being in a new home in the next year(ish) feels so close! We have everything pretty much worked out in our heads, as long as we are just able to find desirable land.. That has been our setback this entire time! As soon as we get there it is going to be Dream State Blog Land! I will be making How-To's, time lapse videos, and regular garden tip updates. Maybe even advice on sharing a micro cabin.. There will be so much material I won't even know where to start! Let me give all of us some tiny cabin inspiration from my "My Tiny Dream Home" Board on Pinterest. (Follow me on Pinterest Here!)

1st set- here & here.
2nd set- here and here.
3rd set- here and here.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

New in the Shop!

As of late, I have been very busy with the shop. I am assuming that is why my "weekly total reach"ed blog viewers has gone down quite a bit. I figured I should do a little update! Me and my wing man have been looking for property on our days off. We have been very busy running around, aside from working full time jobs. As for my shop which is what keeps me busy while I am at home- I get lots of messages in my shop asking if I can customize bags. Nobody has any idea how hard that is.. I am offering $10 bags! Just seems silly to me. So I am now offering custom oversized gift tags. I will write any message- preferably names, initials, and dates for the welcome bags. Oversized gift tags has been my suggestion for these inquiries, but I am not quite sure if everyone knows what I mean when I suggest it. So now I am offering them in my shop, and I will write on them! They are $3 each, or $2 if you buy 10 or more. They also have free shipping if you buy any other item in the shop. So now you are all caught up on what I am up to.. I will try to post up some of our land search photos here soon.
Just want to thank all of you for following the blog! Make sure to follow me on Facebook for (more) regular updates!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

DIY Tissue Paper Pom Poms!

I purchased a hand full of different color tissue papers thinking I would come up with some party supplies to fill my Etsy shop with. While playing around with the tissue paper, I decided on making a tissue paper pom pom for my shop photos. I wanted to add a little something to the photos. I learned how to make the Pom Poms from Marth Stewart- See link here. After I made my first tissue paper pom pom.. I was in awe with how easy the process is! It would make a great Craft Party Project. You could whip up tons of these for a future special occasion with multiple people at work. Anything from a baby shower to a wedding! I have even thought of making them for both my young niece, and cousins. You can hang different shades of pom poms in their favorite colors above their beds like a mobile. I have seen people actually use them as mobiles in nurseries. They look adorable. See Pinterest for inspiration here.

So here is how:
I used 12 pieces of 12 x 18 inch tissue paper in this blue pom pom. In the previous pink pom pom- I used 8. Using 8 pieces came out more like a flower. This one with the 12 pieces turned out very full. I like the look of the 8 pieces better. I also held my tissue paper together in the center with a twist tie. You can use anything really.. You wont be able to see it. Also note that you can make much larger poms poms with 20 x 30 inch pieces of tissue paper instead.
Step one: Stack your tissue paper so that they are even on all sides. Then start folding 1 1/2-inch-wide accordion folds, creasing with each fold.
Step two: Once the tissue paper is all folded like an accordion, Use what ever you have around the house to hold the center together. My twist ties worked perfectly.
Step three: You can either cut the ends in a rounded shape- for a more petal look, or make them pointy like a sunflower. Turn the tissue paper sideways and spread the paper out like a fan.
Step four: One by one on the top- grab one side of the top tissue paper piece and lift it up. With the other hand hold the others down to easily separate each piece.
Be very careful lifting up each tissue paper. It is very delicate. This second photo below is what the bottom looks like before you pull and separate the tissue on the bottom half. You can leave it this way if you plan on using these on a flat surface like a tabletop decoration.
Now you are all done! crazy how easy this is! They sell these on Etsy for $4.50 a piece for a larger version. 

I am using my tissue paper pom poms to add a little girly touch to my bridal bags in My Etsy Shop!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Fig + Fauna

I would like to introduce you to my new favorite blog.. Fig + Fauna! I might be living in a 'Dream State' but I can see myself running around with bunnies sleeping in my apron, feeding the birds, and pulling weeds. Reading a book with a hen sleeping on my lap, and canning parties! The simple life is a sweet but simple idea. I hope this inspires you to bring some 'simple life' into your home. Slow life down a bit, and enjoy the little things.
Check out Fig + Fauna's blog here.